Alaska Airlines 737 taking off from Sea-Tac Airport with Mt Rainier and Central Terminal in background. Photo: Port of Seattle by Don Wilson

Alaska International and Major Airports

Major Alaska Airports Code  
Anchorage International Airport ANC

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Fairbanks International Airport FAI
Juneau International Airport JNU
Ketchikan International Airport KTN
   
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Getting to Know Alaska's Airports

Alaska is the largest state in the USA but does not have a huge population. Nevertheless, Alaska airports receive many people annually from all over the world such as the international airport in Juneau, the capital of Alaska.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (Anchorage), Fairbanks International Airport (Fairbanks), Juneau International Airport (Juneau) and Ketchikan International Airport (Ketchikan).

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    Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

    Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
    Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
    Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) is an Essential airport as Anchorage is the largest city of the state. The airport is up-to-date with all the necessary technological innovations. Airlines serving the airport include: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Condor, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, Sun Country, and United Airlines.   - List of Airlines

    Passenger traffic hovered around the five million mark between 1998 and 2008, apart from in 2002 when the airport suffered a 13% drop in traffic. Fairbanks and Juneau are the next busiest airports though neither managed more than half a million passengers last year. Anchorage traffic peaks in June, July and August when passenger numbers are twice as high as between October and April. Most major U.S. passenger carriers serve ANC, with the majority of passenger flight operations by Alaska Airlines to and from Seattle (an average of 20 flights per day) and Fairbanks (an average of 13 flights per day).

    Abiut fifty destinations are accessible from ANC via nonstop or direct flights, including destinations in 14 U.S. states and the countries of Canada, Germany, Iceland, and Russia. U.S. mainline carriers operate a combination of year-round and seasonal service to the lower 48 states and Hawaii. Foreign carriers operate seasonal flights and seasonal charters to Canada, Asia and Europe, the latter two sold as bundled services

    Fairbanks International Airport

    Fairbanks International Airport
    Fairbanks International Airport
    Fairbanks International Airport (FAI) is a state-owned public-use airport located three miles southwest of the central business district of Fairbanks, Fairbanks is the smallest city in the United States with non-stop service to Europe, as Condor offers weekly flights to Frankfurt during the summer tourist season. In addition, Air North is another international airline with flights (to Canada) and Antonov Airlines offers cargo flights to South Korea.

    In October of, 2009, the airport opened a new terminal and demolished the old terminal which was built in 1948. The new terminal is built around the modern TSA standards. In addition to architectural design and better security, the main terminal now has six jet-bridges (up from the former five). The 2,700m of custom unitized curtain wall was designed and supplied by Overgaard Ltd. Hong Kong. The special design incorporated double low-e triple glazing. The new building's footprint is smaller than the old building.

    Airlines serving the airport include: Air North, Alaska Airlines, Condor (Seasonal), Delta Air Lines, Everts Air, Ravn Alaska, United Airlines, Warbelow's Air, and Wright Air Service    - List of Airlines

    Juneau International Airport

    Juneau International Airport main terminal, showing both old and new towers
    Juneau International Airport main terminal, showing both old and new towers. Mendenhall Glacier in the background.
     Photo courtesy of James Brooks
    Juneau International Airport (JNU) is a city-owned, public-use airport and seaplane base situated seven nautical miles northwest of the central business district of Juneau, a city that has no direct road access to the outside world as the airport is the only way in and out of the city, with exception of the Alaska Marine Highway and cargo ships traversing the Inside Passage. In the past, concerns have been raised over the safety of the airport, which is comparatively quite small, with the amount of air traffic it receives. In addition to frequent arrivals and departures from hubs such as Anchorage and Seattle/Tacoma, the airport also has daily and/or weekly service to smaller regional communities, a floatplane runway/docking area, and a heliport.

    Three major construction projects are planned at the airport within the next several years. An airport terminal renovation project will be the first comprehensive upgrade to the passenger facilities in over twenty years and will provide for better flow through the passenger screening process. The airfield maintenance facilities project will provide much needed room for storage and servicing of snow removal equipment. The runway safety area project will extend the runway at both ends and improve taxiways to meet Federal Aviation Administration requirements.The Airport covers an area of 662 acres at an elevation of 25 feet  above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 8/26 with an asphalt surface measuring 8,857 by 150 feet. It also has one seaplane landing area designated 8W/26W, which measures 4,600 by 150 feet The airport serves as a regional hub for all air travel, from bush carriers to  major U.S. air carriers.

    Airlines serving the airport include: Alaska Airlines, Alaska Seaplanes, Delta Air Lines, Harris Air, Island Air Express, and Ward Air   - List of Airlines

    Ketchikan International Airport

    Ketchikan International Airport
    Ketchikan International Airport Photo by Jsayre64
    Ketchikan International Airport (KTN) is a state-owned, public-use airport located one nautical mile west of the central business district of Ketchikan Alaska which has no direct road access to the outside world nor to the airport. The airport is situated on Gravina Island, to the west of Ketchikan on the far side of the Tongass Narrows. The airport covers an area of 2,600 acres at an elevation of 92 feet (27 m) above mean sea level. It has one asphalt paved runway designated 11/29 which measures 7,500 by 150 feet (2,286 x 46 m).[1] In 2004, a new taxiway "Bravo" was added to facilitate taxiing to the end of the frequently used runway 11 (the runway is located about 30 feet (9.1 m) higher than the apron further up the hillside, requiring long, gently sloped taxiways to either end). Before that taxiway, some smaller planes were allowed to use taxiway "Alpha" to take off and land because it was not worthwhile to backtaxi on the actual runway. In addition this allows the airport's system of taxiways to be used by more than one plane at once. More recently the airport is applying to construct another runway on a different heading which is better suited to handle the infamous crosswinds, sometimes up to 90 knots. These winds have been known to blow approaching planes out across Tongass Narrows in certain situations.

    Passengers must take a seven-minute ferry ride across the water to get to the airport from the town. The ferry leaves the Ketchikan side of the Tongass Narrows on the quarter hours and the airport side on the hour and half hour every day. The first run of the day leaves the Ketchikan side at 6:15 am and the last run of the day leaves the airport side at 9:30 pm

    Airlines serving the airport include: Alaska Airlines,  Delta Air Lines operated by Skywest Airlines (Seasonal) and Island Air Express   - List of Airlines

    Other Important Alaska Airports

    Apart from the international airports, Alaska's major airports are in the towns and cities of Circle, Bethel, Livengood, Platinum, Takotna, and Valdez.

    Most of the airlines have online booking systems available, often with bonus points for frequent flying, which can be exchanged for gifts and fare redemption

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